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Christmas Boxes #3: Almost done

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 12-05-2010 03:05 PM 1097 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Assembly Part 3 of Christmas Boxes series Part 4: Finished »

I’m at the final stages of the build.

The next step was to assemble the drawers. Nothing fancy . . . I just butted the pieces together with a little homemade glue and nailed them them with 23g pin nails. The button pull on the front are actually oak button plugs that I had left over from another project. I drilled a hole through the drawer front (after finding the center), drilled a hole in the back of the pull and then screwed it on from the back of the drawer front.

DW then reminded me that she wanted a place for springy hair clips (a dowel) in the box. A quick measurement, a little sanding, and two brads had each one in place.

In the picture below you will see all sorts of little smudges on the boxes . . . that is my home made wood filler. Its Knox gelatin and sawdust. It has worked for me quite well on other projects as a nail hole and gap filler. This project was a little more challenging as the holes left by the 23g pin nails were so small that it was difficult to get any material in the holes. I guess I will see how it works when I sand off the excess.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 12-05-2010 09:31 PM

Knox gelatin?! interesting. What made you consider gelatin? Nice uniform looking boxes!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 12-05-2010 11:35 PM

My wife has a lot of allergies to chemical products . . . including glues. So I needed an alternative.

I did a little a little research into animal\hide glue and discovered that it is much like gelatin. DW mixed me up some one day and it worked great as a glue . . . so I then added some sawdust and bingo . . . wood filler.

Oh . . . it has to stay warm so that it can be spread with a brush. When it cools and hardens it can be warmed up (to a liquid form) on a coffee mug warmer. Its best to make small batches in a glass bottle with a lid. I usually use a small jam jar.

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 12:38 AM

Cool, I’ve learned something. Thanks for the clear explanation.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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